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ZimRights 'Reflections' trial postponed indefinitely
Rights Association (ZimRights)
August 04, 2011
The trial for
ZimRights' impounded pictures, (Reflections) which was set
for today the 4th August at the Masvingo Magistrates Court has been
postponed indefinitely. Lawyer, Blessing Nyamaropa of the Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) revealed that this was due to
the state's unpreparedness, and the absence of the witnesses
according to the court.
failed to appear in court despite the court's 18th July assurance
that the trial will definitely proceed today. It is now over a year
since the impounding
of the pictures in April 2010; with the matter hanging and postponed
on several occasions for various reasons. The trend has led to lawyers
in July advising the court to drop the charges if the trial fails
to resume today citing that, "what is happening is more like
an acknowledgement that the state has no case."
In the state
outline, Mr Hita (the accused) and ZimRights (the co-accused) are
facing charges of convening an unlawful gathering breaching the
Public Order and
Security Act. However the continued deferment of the matter
has had adverse impact to ZimRights. It has affected the organisation's
flow of the programmes while also suffering prejudice both in terms
of time and the resources that the organisation mobilises in order
to attend court hearings. ZimRights therefore confers its great
disappointment and condemnation of the poor justice delivery system
in Zimbabwe. Justice delayed is Justice denied!
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